Why is 15 Minutes a Magic Number in Reading?

We get it! You are busy and finding the time to fit everything into your daily schedule is difficult, to say the least. But you keep hearing that 15 minutes of reading a day is necessary to prepare your child for school. We’ve got some tips to help you find the time to fit that reading in, but why exactly is 15 minutes such a magic number in reading?


Read about 9 ways you can find time to fit 15 minutes of reading into your schedule!

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With 15 minutes of daily reading, your child is read to or reading for 5,475 minutes each year, or 91 and a quarter hours! In this time, they are being exposed to over 1,000,000 words! Compare that data to peers who are read to infrequently, if at all, for 1 minute each day – they’re reading for approximately 365 minutes, or 6 hours, each year. These children are only being exposed to 8,000 words per year! Talk about a reading readiness gap.


Research shows that reading with your child is the number one thing you can do to help prepare your child for success in future reading and learning. Children who are read to consistently from an early age pass their peers in language development, brain development, and literacy skill building, and are more likely to have a love for reading.


If you are still struggling with finding the time to sit with your child and spend 15 minutes reading together, teach your child how to use Footsteps2Brilliance to read to them by pressing the speaker button and turning the pages with the arrows. Then show them how to use the Book Buddies after each story to check their comprehension to challenge their mind even further. Now they are all set up to complete their 15 minutes of daily reading regardless of what life throws your way!


Have questions about the Osceola Reads initiative or the FREE reading app for Osceola County students? Register here and start reading with your little ones!


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